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Sanitation Minister shifts blame, fingers Zoomlion for Accra filth

Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda, has blamed waste management giants, Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the filth in the capital, Accra.

Speaking at a Sanitation Forum in Accra, the Minister called out Zoomlion Ghana Limited for their inability to ensure that the waste in the environment are collected and disposed of properly.

He said: “Dr Agyapong [CEO of Zoomlion Ghana Limited and Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies], I’m sorry to disappoint you here…finding solid waste everywhere I feel really disappointed and if you were to ask me why this thing is so, I will put the blame squarely on Zoomlion. Zoomlion, to me, is the cause of it”.

Mr Adda said it was the responsibility of the private waste management company to supervise the cleaning of the environment. However, “they are not sweeping and collecting everyday”.

According to him President Akufo-Addo had indicated at the National Sanitation Campaign launch that as waste is generated daily the proper disposal of the waste should occur daily.

For him, the sweeping, collection, transportation and disposal of waste must occur daily without leaving huge piles of rubbish all over the city. By his assessment the performance of Zoomlion in the regard has been below par and more effort is needed to tackle the sanitation problem in the capital adding: “I don’t think in the past year or so, Zoomlion has done so well enough”.

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